Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

What is the point of Careers Education?

Our world is changing fast!  Despite the credit crunch, it is predicted that the global economy will double in size by 2030.  By 2020 there will be 3 million fewer low skilled jobs than today and today’s learners will have had 10 jobs by the time they are 38.  Our children will need different skills to those that we developed at school.  Most importantly they will need skills that they can transfer to a variety of different jobs.

Our careers programme aims to support all of our young people in the growth and progress towards a fulfilling life.  Government guidelines suggest that good careers information is based around six major principles:  empowering young people to plan and manage their own futures, responding to the needs of each learner, providing comprehensive information and advice, raising aspirations, actively promoting equality of opportunity and challenging stereotypes, helping young people to progress.  Christ the King strives to meet these principles using activities such as the Progress Journal, mock interviews, Choices Days and careers interviews.

The CTK Careers ProgrammeThe Christ the King Careers Programme has been developed to equip students with the skills necessary to lead a successful life.  We believe that young people need to grow holistically; not only do they need to be aware of courses, career paths and qualifications, they also need to understand what they are capable of achieving, how to manage transitions and how to progress.

During Key Stage 3Students are introduced to different careers and the skills required for them. Alongside this, a strong emphasis is placed upon supporting them to understand their own personalities, abilities, likes and dislikes. 

In Year 8, students consider their choices for Key Stage 4.  They begin to consider their future aspirations and how to begin to prepare for them.  A key point in the Options process is the end of Key Stage 3 Choices Day and Options Evening.  These allow students to discuss their progress and abilities with their teachers.

During Key Stage 4 Through a range of events, including those hosted by employers and careers services, Year 10 and 11 students continue to look ahead, acquiring the skills and knowledge essential for managing their futures.   Year 10 attend mock interviews and take part in a Work Experience placement.  Year 11s have a Choices Morning and Sixth Form Open Evening. They are also able to attend personalised careers interviews to consider their options.

Careers Activities

Throughout their time at Christ the King, students will be involved in many of the following:

  • Enrichment days
  • Enterprise days
  • Careers Fairs
  • Speed-networking with employers
  • Apprenticeships workshops
  • Skills Show Trips
  • Mock interviews
  • Careers Workshops
  • Help with application forms, interviews, covering letters and CVs
  • Work Experience
  • Options Booklet
  • Year 10 Choose Success Evening
  • Support from Nottingham Futures
  • Development of self reflection on residential trips to The Briars
  • Dedicated support from your form tutor, Achievement Leader and Careers Coordinator.

Further information

Further information and support can be found at the following websites additionally, current news is frequently added to the careers section of the Christ the King website.